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More Than 50 Museums Will Be Free For One Day In September

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At LACMA. (Photo by Kevin Dooley via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)
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An ambitious art initiative will take over the Southland in mid September, when "Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA" launches for a four-month showcase of Latin American and Latino art. The project is led by the Getty, and will involve exhibits at a wide range of spaces that include LACMA, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the Vincent Price Art Museum, and others. You can find the full slate of happenings here.

As organizers explain it, the exhibitions will put "emphasis on modern and contemporary art, there also will be crucial exhibitions about the ancient world and the pre-modern era. With topics such as luxury objects in the pre-Columbian Americas, 20th- century Afro-Brazilian art, alternative spaces in Mexico City, and boundary-crossing practices of Latino artists, exhibitions will range from monographic studies of individual artists to broad surveys that cut across numerous countries." And while there's special attention paid to the visual arts, there'll also be consideration for music, performance, and even cuisine.

To celebrate the launch of Pacific Standard Time's new project (the Getty has done different iterations of PST in the past), more than 50 museums will open their doors for free on September 17, a Sunday. Pretty much every museum you can think of will be participating. They include the Getty, LACMA, the Hammer Museum, the Chinese American Museum, the Autry Museum, and the Museum of Latin American Art. There are a lot of participants; the worst thing about this is having to choose just two or three places to visit. You can find the full roster of museums here.

Coming back to "PST: LA/LA"— it'll hold an official launch party on September 14 at downtown L.A.'s Grand Park. The event starts at noon, and will feature everything from DJs, to performance dance "with an emphasis on Afro-Cuban and Brazilian dances," as well as a live set by Quantic. There'll also be a "customizable selfie station," because #2017. And did we mention it's free?